How to Remove Grease Stains From Jeans

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Things You'll Need

  • WD-40

  • Dawn Dish soap

  • Soft clean cloth

  • Powdered laundry detergent

  • Baby powder

  • Shampoo


Older stains may need more time and effort to remove.

You may need to leave your chosen pre-treatment method on the jeans at least 10 minutes longer.

Remove Grease Stains From Jeans

No matter how hard we try, grease stains are practically unavoidable. Whether it's grease from the garage or cooking grease that found a way to avoid the napkin, these stains seem frighteningly permanent and don't want to go away without a fight. There are several proven methods that make grease stains a thing of the past. So next time your jeans fall prey to grease, fear not, it's a simple fix.


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Step 1

Spray the grease stain with WD-40. Be sure to completely cover the stain. Allow it to saturate for at least 20 minutes. Rub dish soap on top of the WD-40 and then rinse the area well under cool running water. Apply more dish soap and launder as usual.

Step 2

Make a paste of equal parts water and powdered laundry detergent and rub it into the stain with a soft clean cloth. Launder as usual.

Step 3

Sprinkle baby powder all over the stain and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, brush away the baby powder and launder the jeans as usual.


Step 4

Rub shampoo into the stain before washing the jeans.

Step 5

Pre-treat the stain by applying Dawn dish soap to it and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes before laundering.


Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.